March 25, 2004

York Region places major emphasis on capital infrastructure projects in 2004 budget

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NEWMARKET As part of the 2004 Business Plan and Budget approved by York Regional Council today, York Region will embark on $812.7 million in Transportation and Works capital projects.  The budget includes a major emphasis on infrastructure development, including water and wastewater, roads, solid waste management and transit.


"This budget shows a continued commitment to capital projects for our growing community," said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee.  "With the growth we have experienced over the last few years, these funds are essential to help alleviate traffic congestion and adding necessary water and wastewater services to residents."


The 2004 Transportation and Works capital budget represents a year-over-year increase of 25 per cent.  Among the highlights:


York Region Transit / Rapid Transit


Water and Wastewater



Solid Waste Management

"It's going to be a critical year for capital works projects," said Kees Schipper, Commissioner of Transportation and Works for York Region.  "We are looking forward to moving ahead with this needed infrastructure to continue to provide high quality water, wastewater, roads, transit and waste management service to our residents."


Overall, the increases to the capital budget will address a number of short-term and long-term infrastructure needs. For a more detailed list of capital projects, please see the attached Fact Sheet.


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Fact Sheet.

Approved capital infrastructure projects in
2004 Business Plan and Budget

NEWMARKET Included are details of the $812.7 million Transportation and Works capital infrastructure budget.

York Region Transit / Rapid Transit: 2004 Capital Budget $160.6 million
 Acquisition of 35 new conventional buses for York Region Transit (YRT)
 Five new buses for Mobility Plus specialized transit
 York Rapid Transit Plan Quick Start program (contingent on final agreements with

Government of Canada and Government of Ontario)

Water and Wastewater: 2004 Capital Budget $456.2 million
 Build 35 new kilometres of transmission mains
 Build 11 new kilometres of sewer/forcemain
 Completion of Humber Forcemain
 Continued work on Sixteenth Avenue Trunk Sewer
 Continued work on Ninth Line Trunk Sewer to Stouffville
 Continued work on Duffin Creek Optimization Project (with Durham Region)
 Completion of Peel Feedermain
 Completion of Langstaff Watermain from Islington Ave. to East Woodbridge elevated tank
 Completion of McNaughton Rd. and Major MacKenzie Dr. watermain from Bathurst St. to Keele St.
 Completion of Elgin Mills Rd. watermain from Bayview Ave. to Woodbine Ave.
 Completion of Wellington watermain to Orchard Heights Public School
 Completion of Mount Albert elevated tank

Roads: 2004 Capital Budget $156.3 million
 Build 103 additional lane kilometres of roads
 Resurface 77 lane kilometres of roads
 Rehabilitate three major bridge structures and complete minor bridge work
 Rehabilitate five major intersections and minor intersection improvements

Solid Waste Management: 2004 Capital Budget $39.6 million
 Continued construction of Bales Drive Waste Management facility in East Gwillimbury
 Construct new Household Hazardous Waste and public drop-off facilities in the southern part of York Region

Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
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The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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